What Is Your Learning Process: Shelf Development or Self-Development?

Are you over-consuming or taking a “greener”, more organic approach to your language learning? I haven’t counted the books in the above bookshelf but the total figure probably equals the number of books I’ve read over the last 5 years. In the past 12 months, I’ve greatly reduced my consumption but it took me a […]

The One Thing You Might Need To Hear Today

February has just dawned and I wanted to ask you something: Are you tired of hearing about all the new resolutions and challenges we supposedly need to focus on in 2020 to continue to “improve ourselves” in some way? They make me feel a bit like the child in this photo. So I’ve decided to […]

The Only Method You Need To Learn Anything New

Listen with nothing on your mind To learn anything new, it goes without saying that we need to be able to listen. The problem is that we’re bombarded with information from all directions on a day-to-day basis. Tiny musical “pings” throughout the day announce the arrival of emails, texts and messages of all kinds. We’ve […]

Forget the Blueprints to less Stress

Why not connect to your inner stressbuster? Let’s start with a question. What creates stress in your daily life? You’re probably thinking that it’s anything from the commute to work, the project you’re working on or the argument you had with your partner the night before. But just take a minute to think about it. […]

Mindful or “Mind full” Communication?

What are you thinking about when you’re communicating? Would you say that: 1) you’re being mindful of the moment or 2) that your mind is full? Number 1)  is the key to getting great results but Number 2) leads to stress and low performance. Let me explain. Have you ever wondered why sometimes you manage […]

Letting go of the fear of making mistakes

A mindful activity for those of you who find it hard to overcome the fear of making a mistake We all know that deep-rooted memories of an unpleasant learning experience in the past or even just a general “fear of failure” can often hold us back from making progress in the present. When you next […]

Language is about Connection (not Grammar)

I recently read that the roots of a redwood tree don’t run very deep. Instead of growing downward, they grow out, extending sideways to wrap themselves around the roots of other trees. When rough weather comes, it’s the network of closely intertwined roots that allows the trees to stand strong. We humans are the same. […]

You ARE Creative – Here’s Why

Remember how you used to be as a child? Constantly playing, having fun. Continually testing, maybe falling over, getting up and trying again. You were stuck in “play” mode. Creating. It was (and still is) your nature. Creativity is part of you. But as we grow up and reach adulthood, we shake off that creativity […]

How To Find More Flow On Your Learning Journey

Meaningful, mindful and minimal steps are the key! First of all, let’s define “flow”. What is it? According to Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, flow is “being completely involved in an activity for its own sake. The ego falls away. Time flies. Every action, movement, and thought follows inevitably from the previous one, like playing jazz. Your whole […]

Decide Who You Want To Become In English

Do you ever wonder why finding the time for yourself and your English is such hard work? Let me tell you something: Many English learners think they need to be spending hours on the language every day. The problem is that when they think like that, they immediately feel overwhelmed and can’t find the energy […]